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Design for Planet

The climate crisis is the biggest challenge of our lifetime and design has a critical role to play.

We need to re-design nearly every aspect of how we live our lives. Design shapes the world. So designers have huge power, and with power comes responsibility.
We aim to galvanise and support the 1.97 million people working in the UK's design economy to help address the climate crisis and achieve net zero and beyond, making design regenerative and not extractive.

Design for Planet provides a platform for visionaries, designers, business, government and communities who are leading the way in climate action.

Our goal is to provide support for everyone to make the planet a key stakeholder in everything we do.

We need to accelerate the speed with which we make design part of the solution, acknowledging that it has been a big part of the problem.

In 2021, we gathered together a collective of experts to create the Design for Planet Fellowship, who used their expertise to prototype new ways of working to inform climate action through design. We have some great examples of case studies and resources to learn more about Design for Planet in practice.

Where is Design for Planet needed most?

Designing products and services that make it easy and inclusive to live more sustainably

Designing sustainable and resilient places, with communities

Designing a circular economy which regenerates natural resources, with Mother Nature

80 %
of the environmental impact of products is determined at the design stage

European Commission, 2012

40 %
of carbon is emitted by the construction industry

UK Green Building Council

45 %
of required reduction in global greenhouse gases needs to come from everyday products

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

33 %
of cost-effective climate change mitigation can come from nature-based solutions

Capitals Coalition

Branding Design for Planet

Discover the story behind our new logo (that is actually quite an old logo!).

From archive diving to climate conscious colour choices, we've been on a journey to put our best, planet-centred design foot forward.